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The Market Tames a Lion

LionfishLionfish ready for the pan at Cozumel Fishermen's Coop © John Reid

In 1992 Hurricane Andrew liberated a tankful of lionfish from a Florida aquarium. More may have been dumped in the sea before then and after, but the event stuck in the collective imagination as the start of a biological invasion.

Curso de Capacitação TEEB/ISE: Integração de serviços ecossistêmicos ao planejamento para o desenvolvimento

TEEB Course 1

Entre os dias 22 e 25 de julho de 2014 foi realizado em Brasília, DF o Curso de Capacitação TEEB/ISE: Integração de serviços ecossistêmicos ao planejamento para o desenvolvimento.

A Capacitação TEEB/ISE teve como objetivo desenvolver capacidades sobre a Economia dos Ecossistemas e da Biodiversidade e a integração de serviços ecossistêmicos a processos de planejamento por meio da(o):

• Introdução de conceitos relacionados aos serviços ecossistêmicos e à abordagem da Economia dos Ecossistemas e da Biodiversidade (TEEB);

Dreams Become Reality: Economic Tools in Mexico City

Mexican course graduatesFrom left to right: Laura Rodríguez, Eglé Flores, Eduardo Ponce Guevara, Ángela Mojica
and CSF's Cecilia Ayala. © Eduardo Ponce Guevara

It all began with four course graduates from CSF's International Training Course, held annually at Stanford University: Eduardo Ponce Guevara, Eglé Flores, Ángela Mojica and Laura Rodríguez. These alumni, all from Mexico and the surrounding area, dreamed of bringing the Economic Tools for Conservation Course back home to be conducted in Spanish for their colleagues.

CSF and GIZ supporting mangrove conservation through better economics in Ecuador

equadorian mangrovesMangroves on the Equador coastline. © Ammit Jack

Since 2008, Ecuador’s Socio Bosque Program has been protecting the country’s environment through incentive payments to individual and community land owners. Socio Bosque has to date protected nearly 1.3 million hectares of important habitat. In 2013, the government decided to expand the program to mangroves, one of the most productive and threatened ecosystems in the world.

Series of workshops focus on economics of biodiversity and ecosystem services

asuncion_workshopTransport specialists and workshop participants, Asuncion, Paraguay

Ecosystems in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) sustain hundreds of millions of people, but are threatened by a series of interlocking challenges. Rapid development and population growth have placed increasing pressure on natural resources. Pollution, deforestation, infrastructure, large-scale tourism development, invasive species, and over-fishing all threaten these highly bio-diverse ecosystems, as do the effects of climate change.

Brazilian Toponymy in Antarctica

No dia 15 de Janeiro de 2014, juntamente com seis outros passageiros e três tripulantes, embarquei no veleiro polar Kotik rumo à Península Antártica.

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Tudo começou no início de 2012, quando um velho amigo meu, o historiador e fotógrafo João Paulo Barbosa, me convidou para ir à Antártica para tentar chegar ao cume do Monte Rio Branco, uma montanha de 976 metros que se ergue a oeste de Cabo Perez na entrada da Baía Beascochea, uma das regiões mais belas, fascinantes e inexplorados da Península Antártica.

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CSF and WWF deliver policy forum on infrastructure and biodiversity in Nepal

In May Conservation Strategy Fund and World Wide Fund for Nature - Nepal (WWF Nepal) held a one-day policy forum on biodiversity conservation and infrastructure development. The forum covered environmental economics and policy tools used to integrate conservation and infrastructure plans in Nepal. The discussion focused on how infrastructure planning and decision-making could be improved across the Himalayan Region. Dr. Krishna Chandra Paudel, Secretary of Nepal’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, specifically addressed the need to comprehensively evaluate infrastructure projects and policies at the national level.

CSF developing first online course in partnership with Duke University

As part of CSF's Conservation Economics Initiative, we are developing an innovative online Coastal Conservation Economics course in partnership with Duke University. The 4-month distance-learning course will be launched in January 2015, and will include interactive lectures, video lessons, webinars, virtual office hours, readings, exercises and exams, with an expected time commitment of about 3 hours per week.

Himalayan infrastructure from a conservation economics perspective

CSF recently completed our second course in the Himalayan region, Analysis of Infrastructure from a Conservation Economics Perspective Course. The course, held at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), was CSF's first to focus primarily on infrastructure development in the region from a conservation economics perspective. UWICE's beautiful campus located in the culture and biodiversity-rich Bumthang served as a great location for the 22 Himalayan-based participants to learn about economic tools for conservation and infrastructure planning.

New CSF econ video series released

Want to know why environmental problems happen? How to value things in the natural environment? The essentials of fisheries and forestry economics? Step-by-step instructions on cost-benefit analysis? As part of the Conservation Economics Initiative, we just released an exciting new collection of video lessons intended for anyone interested in learning basic environmental economic concepts, refreshing what was learned in our courses, or to complement lectures.

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